Wednesday, November 10 2021

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Which hat will Godongwana wear for his budget? His choice is SA’s future

Finance minister’s success in his debut budget speech on Thursday depends on his ability to separate his roles

Caiphus Kgosana
Executive editor: opinions and analysis
3 min read

Fasten your seatbelts, SA. It’s going to be a bumpy post-ANC ride

ANC may have been punished, but it’s still powerful as the rising parties jostle for position in a new political order

Tony Leon
Columnist
7 min read

We’re not deliberately sabotaging Eskom: Andre de Ruyter

The CEO described Zwelinzima Vavi’s notion that this was being done to push for privatisation as a conspiracy theory

4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Gran’s life on the line as outages affect her life-support machine

Elderly woman’s life is dependent on electricity-powered oxygen machine 24 hours a day to survive

2 min read
News FREE

Banking fraud surges, but Sabric is onto culprits

The lockdown shift to online shopping has created more opportunities for criminals, says report

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read
News FREE

Covid-19 medical waste is making the global plastic problem even worse

A new study has pinpointed the likely path of pandemic-related plastic waste in our oceans

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
4 min read

PODCAST | Covid’s milestone moments: how the pandemic will affect history

In this episode of the Khwezi Science Report we talk to medical historian and anthropologist Dr Mandisa Mbali

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
1 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Saviour turned dictator: Abiy Ahmed has turned into a stereotype

Things could have been different in Ethiopia, but Ahmed’s hunger for power has backfired and there’s no one to help

3 min read
Ideas FREE

SA is sitting in a power black hole when it could easily be a world leader

From a renewable energy perspective, SA is perfectly positioned to make electricity generation a major economic driver

By Gavin Noeth
5 min read
Ideas FREE

LGBT migrants in SA: religion can be a blessing and a curse

Religion is a major reason LGBT Africans leave their countries, but it also adds to discrimination they face here

By John Marnell
5 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Eye on the world — November 10 2021

Six of the best pictures of the day

By Reuters
0 min read

Covid-19 slashes 28-million years of life in 31 countries

A handful of nations, however, managed to boost life expectancy amid the pandemic’s deadly sweep

By Jason Gale
1 min read

Eskom, here’s an idea for you, and it won’t cost anywhere near R131bn

Thailand has launched a R506m solar farm. SA could follow suit and get bang for the R131bn it secured at COP26

By Randy Thanthong-Knight
1 min read

Sinking Tuvalu ponders how it can still be a nation when it’s got no land

Sea levels surrounding the low-lying Pacific archipelago have risen 0.5cm a year since 1993 thanks to climate change

By Stefica Nicol Bikes
1 min read

The mystery of the communist, the golden steak and the blocked hashtag

Why did top Vietnamese official let himself be filmed guzzling a R30,000 treat? And why did Facebook block the footage?

By James Pearson
4 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Thank you for the music: new album may be ABBA’s last

They still have the Midas touch as ABBA’s first offering in 40 years produces two more top-10 singles

By Simon Johnson
3 min read

It’s yesterday once more as Richard Carpenter recalls 1970s pop duo

For the first time, the songwriter is relating his and his sister Karen’s story, from their childhoods to their careers

By Jill Serjeant
2 min read

He may have lost his privacy, but he’s never lost his talent

Paul McCartney, one of the world’s greatest songwriters, has released a book spanning eight decades of lyrics

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Mike Davidson
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

A loss is a loss, but in sport losers are often revered

The Proteas’ T20 World Cup exit is but one example. Remember Holyfield in 1992? The Hammies in 1979?

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
3 min read

Neil Tovey calls for Bafana Bafana to believe against Zimbabwe

The former Bafana captain urges the SA team to ‘stay composed and deal with the big moments’

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Sports reporter
2 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE